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New director announced

On Thursday, April 28, the Leyden High School District 212 Board of Education approved the hiring of Faith Cole as the director of student services, effective July 1, 2022.  Cole fills the vacancy resulting from current Leyden administrator Dr. Brian Mahoney’s transition to the role of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

“We are beyond excited to welcome Faith to our team,” said Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak. “Through her extensive background in leadership, Faith will help Leyden continue on the strong path that has been established to meet the needs of our communities. She will work directly with Leyden’s student services and special education departments as well as helping to facilitate the district’s Equity and Justice Leadership Team.”

Cole currently serves as the director of student services at Oak Park District 200. Prior to that, she served in numerous other roles at Oak Park District 97, including director of multi-tiered system of supports, principal, assistant principal, lead teacher mentor and classroom teacher.

 Cole earned her Bachelor’s from Lewis University, Master’s from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing her educational doctorate from Walden University, which she expects to complete in May of this year.

“I am thrilled about the new opportunity, but sad because it means leaving the place and people that have meant so much to me,” said Cole. “However, it is the success we have enjoyed as a school community during that time, as well as the growth I have made both personally and professionally in Oak Park, that motivated me to pursue this position in Leyden 212. I am honored to be welcomed into the Leyden Family and continue on supporting their history of success.”

Faith Cole resides in Oak Park with her son Travis Cole, 13 years old, husband Travis Cole Sr and their puppy Dakota.